Police suspect Bemidji woman helped plan kidnapping
BEMIDJI -- Police suspect a Bemidji woman found dead at the scene of a fire from which a 5-year-old girl disappeared was involved in planning the child’s kidnapping, according to a search warrant filed Monday.
The warrant states that Melissa Norby, who was found dead in her burned-out mobile home June 22 with her arms bound, had been helping Jacob William Kinn, 32, plan to kidnap the girl, who is the daughter of one of Norby’s close friends. Kinn -- who has been charged with one count of kidnapping -- and Norby allegedly discussed possible kidnapping scenarios via text message, including one in which Norby would tell police she was assaulted by an unknown person before the child was abducted.
Kinn told authorities he and Norby had previously used the child “to enhance his and Norby’s sexual experience,” the warrant states.